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Aculabs offers COVID-19 RT-PCR Testing:

One of the main tests used in the diagnosis of COVID-19 is SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR (#3994), a molecular test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, present in cases of active infection of COVID-19.

As a laboratory specializing in high-risk geriatric populations who reside in long term care facilities, Aculabs has worked with industry leaders and peers to ensure high quality and accurate testing in the face of the global pandemic.

Where is COVID-19 outpatient testing currently offered?

All outpatient testing is done at our East Brunswick, NJ laboratory by appointment. To ensure the safety of our staff and healthcare workers, specimen collection is done through painless self-collection.

Those who wish to book an appointment should contact our staff at

Our laboratory currently offers a 24-48 hour turnaround time on results for COVID-19 testing. The molecular testing used by Aculabs has been authorized by the FDA under EUAs for use by authorized laboratories. At this time, we currently do not offer antibody testing (serology testing used to determine past infection) for COVID-19 to outpatients.

Why would someone need a SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test?
There are several reasons why someone may want to do molecular testing for SARS-CoV-2.

  • Displaying active COVID-19 Symptoms
  • Screening before medically necessary surgery
  • Clearance to Return to Work or School
  • Clearance for Local & International Travel

Aculabs offers testing to those with a prescription from a physician and to those who wish to have testing done without submitting to insurance for reimbursement. Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is available without a prescription.

Please note that COVID-19 testing for screening purposes, like with clearance for travel, is not considered medically necessary and therefore not reimbursable. In cases where a prescription for COVID-19 testing cannot be provided and reimbursement is not possible, payment must be made out of pocket via check, cash or credit card prior to testing.

Outpatients who do have a prescription are asked to bring with them their prescription, their insurance card, and a valid form of photo ID, such as a driver’s license or a state-issued ID. A photo copy of these items will be made.

Those who receive a positive result should view our COVID-19 hub for test fact sheets and information.

Specimen Collection Resources:

Nasopharyngeal – Self-Collection

— UCLA Health

Nasopharyngeal & Oropharyngeal – Self-Collection

NHS Trust